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Buffalo Bills News - August 10, 2003

Marker Joe Burns: Still battling [5:10 AM]
Thomasville Times Enterprise reports: 'Joe Burns has been through this before. And chances are, the former Thomas County Central and Georgia Tech standout will have to go through it again.'

Marker Updates on local players in NFL camps [5:09 AM]
El Paso Times reports: 'Dorenbos is the first-team long snapper for the Bills. He's made a great impression in camp and has been written up several times in the Buffalo News for his accuracy. He's expected to make the team as the Bills have a long history of dedicating a spot solely to that position.'

Marker Smith broke left tibia in preseason opener [5:08 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Rookie tight end Trent Smith, a seventh-round draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens, suffered a broken left tibia in the team's preseason opener Saturday night and will likely miss the entire season.'

Marker Bills 20, Ravens 19 [5:07 AM]
AP reports: '``We came out and did some key things we wanted to do -- three-and-outs and turnovers,'' Clements said.'

Marker Buffalo 20, Baltimore 19 [5:06 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The Bills got their other points on Olandis Gary's one-yard TD run late in the first quarter and a pair of field goals by Rian Lindell.'

Marker Bills Squeak Past Ravens [5:05 AM] reports: 'Rookie Antonio Brown returned a punt 87 yards for the winning points as Buffalo held off Baltimore in the Bills preseason opener.'

Marker The Bills Go To Baltimore And Leave 1-0 In The Preseason [5:04 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills are next in action Saturday in Tennessee. They return to St.John Fisher for practice on Monday at 2:45 which is open to the public.'

Marker Strong start, finish falls short [5:03 AM] reports: 'A rejuvenated and healthy Ray Lewis, a suffocating secondary and a pass-rushing burst was reminiscent of Ravens defenses of the past.'

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August 9, 2003

Marker Hopes to have deal concluded by next week [5:07 PM]
ESPN reports: 'McGahee is making a remarkable recovery and Rosenhaus has insisted his client is ready to return to the field. Donahoe and the Bills have espoused a more prudent approach and could place McGahee on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list once he is signed.'

Marker McGahee's agent: deal close [5:04 PM]
AP reports: '``We made significant progress on a number of issues, including the term of the agreement, the signing bonus and the incentives,'' agent Drew Rosenhaus said. ``We're hopeful that we'll be able to iron out some details and close in on an agreement ... and possibly have a deal done by early next week.'''

Marker Bills vs. Ravens TV/Radio/Internet Information [2:04 PM]
TBD reports: We compiled a list of various ways to catch the action tonight. Don't forget to print out a roster if you are watching live!

Marker The Bills Are Ready To Open The Preseason [1:42 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Greg Williams says he'll play his starters about a quarter in Saturday's first preseason game from Baltimore. Williams says it could go longer if one unit stays on the field longer than the other.'

Marker Suggs, Ravens take aim at Bledsoe, Bills [1:36 PM]
Carroll County Times reports: 'However, the true bragging rights will be contested between Brown, the Ravens' linebacker, and his older brother, Ruben Brown, the Bills' Pro Bowl offensive lineman. "We're close, but he could turn on me anytime," Cornell Brown said.'

Marker Join the TBD Chat Room for Bills vs. Ravens Talk [11:28 AM]
TBD reports: Head on over to our chat room tonight to talk about the game! In past years, we have had 120 chatters talking about the game while listening to it on the internet! Don't miss out!

Marker Ravens, Redman take on retooled Buffalo defense [9:38 AM]
AP reports: Buffalo's first unit probably won't play more than a quarter, but they expect to make the most of it. ``We're just going to take this first game as a chance to learn to play together, just get out there on the field together,'' safety Coy Wire said. ``I guess it will give us a glimpse of what this defense will provide the team this year.'''

Marker Brown's matchup is personal [9:37 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: This will be the second time the Browns have faced each other in the preseason. The Bills beat the Ravens, 31-28, in Baltimore in 1997, and the teams played during the regular season in 1999. "Last time, we lost to them and he didn't even play," Cornell Brown said. "It was a tough one."'

Marker Bills take on Ravens in preseason opener [9:35 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '" I always felt in the first preseason game, you want to go out, feel sharp, put together a good drive or a good couple drives, and that’s enough," Bledsoe said.'

Marker Bills testing their depth on 'D' line [9:32 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills expect their front seven to be far more stout than last season with wide-bodies Sam Adams and Pat Williams clogging up the middle of the line of scrimmage. However, Adams and Williams figure to be far more effective if they can get adequate rest during the course of games. Ideally, the Bills would like to play Adams about 35 or 40 snaps a game. Adams reported to camp at a svelte - for him - 340 pounds. He has remarkable quickness for a man so big and has made two Pro Bowls thanks to his ability to crash into backfields. But he also has nine full years under his belt. The Bills don't want him spent by Thanksgiving.'

Marker Understudies get a chance to star [9:31 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Alex Van Pelt will be the second quarterback in the game for the Bills. Travis Brown will follow, and fourth-stringer Jason Johnson might see some time in the fourth quarter.'

August 8, 2003

Marker McGahee's agent to meet with Bills to spur contract talks [1:18 PM]
AP reports: 'Agent Drew Rosenhaus said Friday that Bills president Tom Donahoe has accepted a request to meet in Baltimore for lunch Saturday, prior to Buffalo's preseason opener against the Ravens. "I'm a firm believer that, typically, if you're having a hard time getting a deal done, it's beneficial to meet face to face," Rosenhaus said.'

Marker Bledsoe remains confident in Bills' offense [1:16 PM]
Hornell Evening Tribune reports: '"We need to come out and be efficient," added Bledsoe. "We need to put together a good drive or a couple of drives and look sharp, and then we'll let the young guys take over. The idea with the preseason games is to go out and get something accomplished when you get a chance and then get off the field and stay healthy."'

Marker Running out of room [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"They contribute to the depth we've accumulated at that position," Kaiser said. "They're all good players with great work ethics, but we have six. They can't all make the team."'

Marker New partner in grime cheers Pat Williams [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ever since Washington's departure, Buffalo has been searching for a legitimate tackle, someone to draw double-teams away from Williams and help stuff the run. For two years, Williams has bemoaned the lack of a strong surrounding cast and suggested he would be a Pro Bowler on a better defense. He has his wish now.'

Marker Training camp billboard [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tickets are required for the Monday night workout. They will be available starting at 9 a.m. Monday at all participating Tops Friendly Markets locations. Tickets are free and limited to six per person. Shuttle service that evening will begin at 4:45, and gates will open at 5 p.m. The practice will not include a full-team autograph session afterward.'

Marker Fearless Shaw catching on [5:34 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ You have to have a fearless attitude,” Shaw said after Thursday morning’s light training-camp session at St. John Fisher College. “ You’re going to get hit in this game no matter what.”'

Marker Crowell learning from Bills' veterans [5:33 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ Hopefully, nothing happens to our starting three guys, so he may not see much, just on special teams,” Gray said. “ But sometimes guys break into this league being a special teams player and you do so well there that you get a chance to play on defense, and I think that’s the position we’re in right now.”'

Marker Magic does wonders [5:33 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'In 1992, Alan Dorenbos, a computer-sales consultant and a Little League president, bludgeoned his wife, Kathy, to death with a power sander in the garage of their suburban Seattle home. Prosecutors said that Kathy Dorenbos had confronted her husband about an extramarital affair; that Alan Dorenbos, in a fit of rage, stuck his wife in the head with the heavy tool as many as 10 times. Jon, then 12 and the youngest of the couple's three children, heard all of those details as he sat in a courtroom with his siblings before his father was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 13 years and eight months in prison. In an inexplicable blur, three children lost two parents.'

Marker Ex-Husker Chris Kelsay taking no-frills approach at first NFL training camp [5:31 AM]
Lincoln Journal Star reports: '"Chris is a high-intensity player," said defensive line coach Tim Krumrie, who's in his first year as a Bills assistant. "He's a blue-collar player in my mind; a high-motor, high-effort guy. He's a typical Tim Krumrie-kind of player."'

August 7, 2003

Marker Camp Notes 8/7/03, Thursday Morning Practice [9:26 PM]
The Stadium Wall reports: 'This was the most impressive part of practice. Coach Williams wasn't kidding when he said that he values Special Teams very highly... the practice ended with special team drills and EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF THE TEAM -- from Drew Bledsoe all the way down to Lovelle Sape was on the sidelines listening to the special teams instruction.'

Marker Training Camp 8/7, A view from the grassy knoll [8:18 PM]
The Stadium Wall reports: 'Danny Smith pointed out a lesser known rule. If it at the end of the quarter, half, or game the Bills punt - but the other team lays off and does not down the football, DO NOT TOUCH THE BALL", the official will call the play dead. If this happens, Smith will go out to the ref and point out the rule that gives the kicking team a FREE play, whether time has run out or not. Smith stressed "this is rule a lot of people do not know".'

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